Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I submit a proposal?

    All proposals must be submitted using one of the links (Level I or Level II) on this page. You will be taken to a cover page where you will fill in the sections indicated for proposal title, lead investigators, sponsoring units, total funding request, project start/end dates, and an abstract. You will then be asked to attach all other documents in PDF form: proposal narrative, business plan, budget, bio sketches, letters of support and commitment, and a list of external reviewers. Have all documents complete and ready to attach prior to starting the cover page, since it is not possible once you begin to save that page for completion at a later time.

  • What is the deadline for submission?

    The deadlines for Level I proposals are 5 p.m. on July 1, November 1, and March 1. Level II proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time.

  • Who will review the proposals?

    Level I proposals are read and scored electronically by the eight members of the Council, who then meet as a group to determine their final recommendations. Level II proposals are forwarded to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for administrative evaluation.

  • How secure is the material I submit?

    Proposals are held in confidence. They are not posted on a public web site. All submissions are received in KU’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning and are available electronically only to the reviewers, using a secure personal passcode.

  • How long will it take to review each proposal?

    Final recommendations on Level I proposals are made within 30-45 business days after the posted deadline. Final recommendations on Level II proposals are made within 10-15 business days of receipt.

  • What kind of feedback will I receive?

    Submitters of Level I proposals receive a scoring summary, brief and constructive written comments, and a justification for the Council’s decision. Level II proposals receive similar feedback.

  • Does this program replace the Major Project Planning Grant (MPPG)?

    No. The Research Investment Council process is focused on proposals that are specific to the Bold Aspirations strategic initiative themes. The MPPG award program provides assistance to investigators in any field of study to develop proposals for complex, large, research grants or projects. The goal is to generate multi-investigator proposals that will enhance KU's competitiveness, as well as to target new research leadership. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies funds this program.

  • Who can I talk to if I have questions?

    Procedural questions, as well as comments, can be sent via email to RGS@ku.edu. Depending on its complexity, the question is answered immediately or forwarded to an appropriate person in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. You may also call (785) 864-7240.

 

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